It was a small bump on his hip that prompted Bill Monahan to get an
MRI to ensure that melanoma hadn’t returned. What came as a surprise
was there was nothing wrong with his skin, but his hip bones were a different
story. The MRI images showed his right hip was rapidly deteriorating.
Hearing that difficult news, Bill scheduled an appointment with
Dr. Stanford Israelsen, an orthopedic surgeon at
Powder River Orthopedics and Spine (PROS), a Campbell County Medical Group
clinic, who specializes in hip and knee surgeries. After discussing various options,
Bill and Dr. Israelsen decided to go with a hip replacement
“From January to March my hip went down the tube,” Bill said.
“Running is part of my lifestyle. By the time I had surgery that
lifestyle was gone. It was too painful.”
For Bill, choosing to have the surgery in Gillette was an easy one. He
felt confident in the local doctors and living just a short drive from
Campbell County Memorial Hospital made it super convenient.
“I have a lot of faith in Dr. Israelsen,” Bill said. “He’s
very calm and reassuring.”
Despite having major surgery, Bill was in the hospital for only 24 hours.
Even though he had some post-operative pain after surgery, the care and
compassion offered during his time at the hospital helped him stay positive.
“I had zero complaints about the hospital,” Bill said. “They
treated me with kindness and I have the utmost respect for those who helped
me through that.”
Being able to help people improve their lives and feel better is what Dr.
Israelsen enjoys most about his job. Helping individuals like Bill return
to their active, everyday lifestyle is why he gets up and goes to work
“I have a lot of patients who can’t walk, or can barely walk,
and I enjoy seeing them walk out the door without pain,” Dr. Israelsen
said. “I love having patients come back and tell me they’re
Dr. Israelsen also lends his skills to complex orthopedic cases that involve
severe injuries from car accidents, falls and other catastrophic events.
These emergency cases can be life threatening without proper treatment.
Dr. Israelsen not only plays a role in saving lives, but also maintaining
their quality of life.
“A broken hip can be a life-ending injury if you can’t fix
it,” Dr. Israelsen said. “But typically, it’s something
you can easily fix and get them back on their feet. That changes the outcomes
For Bill, if he hadn’t had his hip replaced his active lifestyle
would have come to an end. “I’m back to my lifestyle,”
Bill said. “I’m happy with the way things are going. I can
do all the things I was able to do before.”
Expert Orthopedic & Spine Care In Gillette, Wyoming
The Board-certified physicians at PROS take an innovative and comprehensive
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See the PROS for:
- Foot and ankle surgery
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Article written by Kim Phagan-Hansel, Wyoming freelance writer